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Bike News (September 2001)

  • Hislop injured in race one at Rockingham

    30 September 2001

    Hislop injured in race one at Rockingham

    Steve Hislop’s championship could be in serious doubt after a crash in the first race at Rockingham Motor Speedway. It’s left him with a compound fracture of the right ankle, a dislocated ankle, and a...

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  • See video of our CBR600 on the dyno

    23 September 2001

    See video of our CBR600 on the dyno

    My bike not only looks good – it goes well, too. With 10,000 miles showing, the engine had loosened up completely and was producing a genuine 95bhp at the rear wheel on the dyno of BSD...

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  • Your 2002 new bike questions answered

    23 September 2001

    We were at the Paris Show on Thursday with many of motorcycling’s big cheeses and asked for your questions about the new bikes of 2002 to put to them. We had a huge response in a very short time and we’re sorry if yours is one of the questions we didn’t have time to answer.Many people who e-mailed in received individual replies. Others are listed below.Don’t worry if yours was missed out. We’re...

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  • Budget MZ racing for beginners

    23 September 2001

    Budget MZ racing for beginners

    YES! I’m doing it! I’m actually doing it! Do you recognise those words? They’re what went through your head when you were in the process of losing your virginity. And they’re also going through mine...

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  • Kit turns R1 into GP look-a-like

    23 September 2001

    Kit turns R1 into GP look-a-like

    A new bodykit from France gives the R1 the look of Yamaha’s new four-stroke GP racer.Essonne Motos OW-M1 replica bodywork bolts straight on to any R1.There’s a headlight tucked under the nose and a...

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  • Jeremy McWilliams: in his own words

    23 September 2001

    Emma: Just to let you know that Craig Kelly, from Chorley is racing your 1996/1997 Honda GP250 (second bike). He has just come second at the Ace of Aintree championship. He'd like to say it's still pulling well and keep on riding well in the championship! My question is...what do you think of the scrapping of the 250 class. We are all so upset and angry at what the big boys are...

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  • Extreme Performance Blade

    23 September 2001

    Extreme Performance Blade

    It’s safe to say MCN road tester and ex-world endurance racer Dave Hill is impressed by Extreme Performance’s 2000 Blade. He blurts: " This is excellent. Effin’ lovely. It handles, it turns in...

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  • Touring on a Deauville, F650 and Tmax

    23 September 2001

    Touring on a Deauville, F650 and Tmax

    There’s something strangely satisfying about sitting in a field with just a thin piece of canvas, a few poles, a bike, some beers and a throwaway barbecue for company.Maybe it appeals to the part of...

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  • Your interview with Jeremy McWilliams

    23 September 2001

    Your interview with Jeremy McWilliams

    250GP star Jeremy McWilliams was in our VIP Lounge in Talk Bikes on Thursday September 27 answering your questions.To see a full transcript click on the link on the right " Jeremy McWilliams: in...

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  • Name an unsung riding hero

    23 September 2001

    Name an unsung riding hero

    We already honour the greatest rider of the year with our annual MCN Man of the Year accolade. And we recognise the best in motorcycling products, services and models with a series of other important...

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  • Robots ready to deal with accidents

    23 September 2001

    There is a 21st century equivalent for little old ladies with tea and sympathy, it’s a new droid from the University of (where else?) California.They will be stationed alongside major roads and despatched the moment a roadside camera spots anything approaching an accident (your bike nestling in a hedge, for example).While it is not known whether the droid will carry a flask of hot, sweet tea, it...

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  • Paris Show opens on Friday

    23 September 2001

    Paris Show opens on Friday

    You can see and read about most of them on motorcyclenews.com, but unless you were at the Milan Show in Italy, the chances are you have yet to see the 2002 R1, FireBlade, ZX-6R, ZX-12 and the rest in...

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  • How to go MZ racing

    23 September 2001

    How to go MZ racing

    How to turn an MZ into a race bike: They’re clunky, low-tech and have been objects of ridicule for years – but turning an old MZ ETZ251 into a race bike is remarkably easy.First, get yourself a bike.

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  • See our CBR600 screaming on the dyno

    23 September 2001

    See our CBR600 screaming on the dyno

    As part of our long term testing of a 2001 CBR600, we’ve had it on the dyno, and filmed the run for you to share.Follow the link, right, to be taken to Jon Urry’s latest long term test report,...

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  • Strange but true

    23 September 2001

    Here’s our latest round-up of motorcycle-related oddities. If you have one worthy of inclusion, e-mail jon.urry@emap.comGermany: Rider Michael Gruber is recovering after a nasty accident on his FireBlade. His penis was ripped clean off by his petrol tank when he hit a tree on his bike but amazingly surgeons have managed to replace it with one made from a muscle in his arm! According to Gruber his...

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  • The trike young mums will like

    23 September 2001

    The trike young mums will like

    A scooter with room for the kids could tap into a new market for motorcycling: young mums. Nick Graveley’s final-year project in his transport design course at Coventry University is the three-wheeled...

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  • CBR916RR

    23 September 2001

    CBR916RR

    Alan Wills’ 1994 FireBlade is loaded with some of the finest aftermarket components and tune-up goodies you’ll find, from the digital SPA rev counter with integrated speedo to the hand-crafted...

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  • Rossi Blade

    23 September 2001

    Rossi Blade

    Andy Hacker bought his FireBlade from Carbontek two years ago. The firm had used it as its show bike, but had put everything back to standard except the polished frame and swingarm before selling it...

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  • NitroBlade

    23 September 2001

    NitroBlade

    Joe Pleterski was one of the very first British FireBlade disciples – but that doesn’t mean he just sat back and worshipped the bike he has owned since August 1992. No, he reckoned he could improve on...

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  • Fireblade combination

    23 September 2001

    Fireblade combination

    I hAVE never ridden (driven?) a sidecar – and a FireBlade-engined one probably isn’t the most sensible way to lose my three-wheeled virginity. So I’m grateful for small mercies when I’m told the...

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  • Firebird

    23 September 2001

    Firebird

    Things are starting to make sense now to MCN road tester Kev Smith. He’s just noticed the bright yellow, stripped-to-the-bone special he’s just been riding has a 150bhp Blackbird engine in place of...

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  • Some very unusual FireBlades

    23 September 2001

    Some very unusual FireBlades

    Here’s a paradox of human nature: You want the same thing as everyone else, only you’d like it to be slightly different. Marketing types latched on to this years ago – the Re-mix, the Special Edition,...

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  • If you’re going to court soon…

    23 September 2001

    If you’re going to court soon…

    Are you about to go to court for a bike offence? Will it be your first time? If so, RiDE magazine would like to talk to you.RiDE is putting together an article about how to deal with a court...

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  • The new bike launches of the Milan Show

    16 September 2001

    The new bike launches of the Milan Show

    Here’s a very brief round-up of the new bike launches at the 2001 Milan Show in Italy.If you want more details, click into NEWS or LATEST ON NEW BIKES to see the latest launches.MONDAY: Yamaha...

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  • Haslam: Rossi and dad are my heroes

    16 September 2001

    Haslam: Rossi and dad are my heroes

    Leon Haslam is racing alongside his all-time favourite bike racer: Valentino Rossi. Oh, and then of course there’s dad Ron.GP 500 racer Leon, 18, was answering your questions in a live web chat in our...

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  • Aprilia RSV-R Mille

    16 September 2001

    Aprilia RSV-R Mille

    This was the bike that brought the most adverse comments. Some loved it, some struggled to get on with it. Whatever, the personal views on its abilities, no one disputed the mega engine, though. The...

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  • Kawasaki ZX-7R

    16 September 2001

    Kawasaki ZX-7R

    THE ZX-7R is an old bike by anyone’s standards. Though it’s still popular, it has lost its way in recent years, as its slaying here shows. It managed reasonable speeds through most of the bends, was...

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